It’s purely speculative at this moment, but how friggin’ awesome would it be if this actually came to fruition. According to Vulture.com, American Idol execs are contemplating replacing at least one, if not all the judges, with former contestants. The site claims that both Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson have been approached while Clay Aiken and Adam Lambert are also rumored to be in the running.
In my dream world, a Clarkson-Hudson-Lambert trifecta would be EVERYTHING. Not only do they all have successful post-Idol careers but each would bring something different to the table. Kelly would be the nurturing down-to-earth motherly one, while Jennifer would be Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj combined- divalicious and sassy. Need I say what Adam would bring- glamor and pure gayness. In addition, each had a different journey on the show. We have a winner, runner-up and someone who was eliminated way before their time.
FOX needs to make this happen. This could be the direction needed to save the show. Clearly high-priced talent hasn’t done the trick. The show’s massive ratings decline this season resulted in FOX losing the 2012-2013 TV season in the coveted 18-49 demo to CBS for the first time in eight years.
In other Idol-related news, for the first time ever, the show is allowing former semifinalists to re-apply for the show. Previously, if a contestant made the Top 24 or the live voting rounds, they would be ineligible to return. Not anymore. With that being said, if they’re over the maximum age limit like Season 12’s Tenna Torres or Vincent Powell, they’re still S.O.L.
What do you think of a possible All-Stars Idol judging panel for Season 13? Do you think it could save the show? What Idol trio would be your ideal panel? Which former semifinalist are you hoping takes advantage of the new rules? Sound off below.